Good for: tour, Bako, Guided walk, matahari, private
- Bako National Park
- RM20 per hour, night trek: RM10 per person
Lonely Planet review for Guided Walks
Bako has a total of 17 trails ranging from short walks around park headquarters to strenuous day treks to the end of the peninsula. Guides are available, but it's easy to find your way around because all trails are colour-coded and clearly marked with splashes of paint. Plan your route before starting out on longer walks, and aim to be back at Telok Assam before dark (about 18:45). Some trails may be closed for maintenance after the wet season - check at the park office before setting out.
If you have only one day in Bako, try to get here early and attempt the Lintang Trail (5.25km, 4 to 5 hours). The longest trail is the Telok Limau, a 12km walk that's impossible to do as a return trip in one day. You will need to carry camping equipment or else arrange to be dropped off by boat in the morning and walk back to park headquarters (expect to be charged about around RM200; and be sure to let someone know of your plans).
In the evening, park rangers may offer a guided night trek, if there is enough interest from guests. This is an opportunity not to be missed, as the wildlife present at night is entirely different from that seen during the day. The rangers are also particularly good at spotting things that an ordinary traveller would miss. Inquire at the welcome desk to see if there is a trek on that night. The trek lasts between 1.5 to 2 hours and costs about RM10 per person.